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Comic books featuring all of our favourite superheroes have been around for a long time. Since your parents were kids. Since your grandparents were kids, even!Although that doesn’t mean many of the stories, the characters, the superpowers and the badass things they do aren’t still great today.

Batman, for example, first cropped up in a comic book waaay back in 1939. Nineteen-thirty-goddam-nine. Since then, there have been a lot of comic books, movies, TV shows and other cool stuff made about him, starring him and celebrating him. But you may have noticed there are often far too many superhero dudes on our TVs and in our cinemas and jumping through our comic books. Which begs the question: Where are all the badass female superheroes?

Well, there are actually lots out there if you look carefully. And the good news is, more and more are appearing each day. They’re also representing more and more actual girls and women too, which is always a really good thing.

So if you’re already into comic books, can’t get enough of the new Supergirl show or need a helping of badass female superpowers in your life and don’t know where to start, then check out our list of favourite female superheroes who are totally #goals…

(And if you like superhero stories and comic books, there are so so so many more characters and stories for you to explore. This list is just the beginning.)

1. Rogue

If you’ve watched any of the X Men movies or TV shows, chances are you’ve come across Rogue before. She’s really different in some of the older comic books, but in the modern day films she’s a teen just like you, trying to get her head around regular teen stuff – like growing up and crushes. The problem is, when she touches people she sucks all of their energy out of them. Eek! Not great for a first kiss.

Rogue soon learns how to harness her powers and use them for good – she just needs to wear gloves at first a lot to stop her hurting anyone. We like her so much because we get to see how she learns to better use and understand her powers over time; a classic rise of a superhero story. BOOM!

Superpower: She can absorb powers, energy, memories and sometimes even skills via touch.

2. Gamora

Gamora is another classic comic book superhero who has recently appeared in a big movie. She was played by Zoe Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy and her back story is she’s the green-skinned, adopted alien daughter of Thanos, a huge supervillain who is a massive deal in the world of The Avengers.

She naturally has some awesome superpowers, like enhanced strength, speed and durability. But she’s also trained in all of the martial arts you could imagine across all kinds of worlds. Why do we love her so much? Well, due to all her training she became known as “the deadliest woman in the whole galaxy”. What. A. Title.

Superpower: Super human strength, speed, agility and durability

3. Storm

Like Rogue, Storm is part of the X Men, which means fans of the films will be all too familiar with her awesome white hair and eye-changing abilities. Take a look at her back story and you’ll see she’s the daughter of a tribal princess from Kenya, but moved around a lot when she was growing up, finally settling with the X Men team.

We’re such huge Storm fans because she can control the ACTUAL weather. You may think that’s not that cool. Making it rain? Yeah, we get that everyday. But when you’re fighting big baddies being able to whip up a hurricane or throw a bolt of lightning is nothing short of amazing.

Superpower: She can control the weather. And also, just a small thing, she can fly.

4. Jessica Jones

Thanks to a recent Netflix adaptation, this little known superhero is one of our favourites. We love Jessica Jones so much because in many ways she’s a bit of an anti-superhero. She doesn’t really want to be out fighting crime or helping people that much – she’s a private investigator, and helping people just kind of… happens. Sometimes.

She also doesn’t have to wear silly (or cool, depending on your preference) costumes to fight crime either. She wears normal clothes and messes up a lot. Maybe she doesn’t sound like the best role model in the world, but we can relate to her very real, human story.

Superpower: Super human strength and endurance.

5. Supergirl

You’ve probably heard of Superman before, obvs. But, thanks to a new TV show all about Supergirl, she’s set to become even more popular than her big cousin.

Supergirl’s official name is Kara Zor-El and the back story is that she was sent to Earth from the doomed planet Krypton. Sound familiar? That’s because this is Superman’s back story too. The thing is, his little space pod thing got to Earth but Kara’s didn’t. Well, not until years later. Hence the reason he’s zooming around being all super for ages before she doesn’t turned up.

But we love her now she’s here, not least because her show is so refreshing when we’re all used to seeing Superman with the big ‘S’ on his chest. She has it too!

Superpower: All the super stuff, basically. We’re talking super strength, heat vision, speed, mostly invulnerable, x-ray vision, microscopic vision and more.


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Sunday evening. Doom. A time of the week so loathed that it even got its own syndrome, the Sunday night blues. That sinking sensation in the pit of your stomach couldn’t be more different from the fizzy excitement of the Friday feeling just 48 hours before.

But I think Sunday evening gets a bum rap. Rather than being a boring passage of time to kill before getting on with Monday, it’s actually flying under the radar as secretly, secretly the best time of the week.

No, hear me out. Here are three reasons why.

1. Homework

Most articles about Sundays advise that you get your homework done on Friday so that you don’t have a pile to face at the end of the weekend. This can be a good idea, sure, but I also think that Sunday night is a brilliant time to do homework. By Friday evening you’re often knackered from a busy week and need a bit of a break. Plus loads of the good stuff happens on Friday night! However dedicated you are to getting good grades, it’s not realistic (or good for your overall wellbeing) to expect yourself to turn down the chance to go out and have fun in order to finish your Geography essay (no disrespect, Geography).

So rather than feeling the pressure to get everything finished at the start of the weekend, see how it feels to open your books when it’s quiet on a Sunday night anyway. Decide in advance what time you’re going to start so that you don’t spend the whole day thinking about it, then stick on a chilled playlist and enjoy working knowing that you’ve already had a great weekend. Hopefully.

2. Comfort TV

You might think I’m deranged for saying this but the best TV is on Sunday evenings. I know that literally no one else in the world agree with me. My best friend claims that the theme tune to The Antiques Roadshow actually triggers the Sunday night blues for her.

But I don’t understand this at all. Regardless of how boring the programme itself may be, you can have loads of fun with it. As well as the classic game where you guess the value of the item, there’s also ‘Sad, smug, surprised’ (copyright: me), in which you have to predict whether the owner will look, well, sad, smug or surprised at the valuation. Get those around you to join in. You never know what you might learn from their rationale; turns out my boyfriend has an irrational dislike of red trousers on men.

And whatever your idea of comfort TV, there’s something to suit scheduled on Sunday evenings. Get all teary at Call the Midwife, indulge fantasies about a former life at Downton-esque period dramas, go all Cluedo watching a crime mystery or be on alert for embarrassing moments in live productions, like when everyone’s slightly creepy uncle Tom Jones dropped the F-bomb during The Voice final or when Bruno swears on Strictly. Bruno is *always* swearing on Strictly.

If you can invent a silly game to accompany your chosen programmes then that makes it even better – in a world that can seem scary and unpredictable, there’s something super comforting about looking out each week for the same element of a television programme. As well as The Antiques Roadshow, I totally recommend Countryfile for this. No seriously. Entertain yourself playing ‘Snog, marry, avoid’ with the presenters, of which there are many and they change each week. If you’re lucky Tomasz Schafernaker, the Dermot O’Leary of weather forecasting, will be the meteorologist #winningatlife.

3. Do what you like

If for some bizarre reason neither homework nor crap – sorry, ‘comfort’ – TV take your fancy then there’s always the Sunday night trump card: free time. You probs don’t often have anything scheduled for this time of the week so it can be totally clear for you to fill with whatever you fancy. There are so many options. Maybe you’d like to visit your gran more, or have a regular slot to Skype your mate who has moved abroad. Perhaps you’re always searching for a few hours to work on a project, such as writing a blog, or you’d like to claw back the chance to read books that aren’t set texts.

However big or small your ambitions, what we often think of as dead time from about 4pm on a Sunday offers a great opportunity – even if all you want to do is lie on the sofa eating cake. Because really, isn’t that what Sunday evenings were made for? I’m off to put the kettle on.


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’Tis the season to binge watch Netflix, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. In case you don’t already have enough shows and movies lined up on your List, allow us to introduce Dynasty, our biggest obsession since Pretty Little Liars ended.

Based on the 1980s soap opera of the same name, Dynasty is every bit as glamorous and dramatic as its vintage counterpart, but with very 2017 problems. Here’s why you need to tune in…

1. Fallon Carrington is Blair Waldorf x 100

Thought Gossip Girl’s Blair or Riverdale’s Veronica Lodge were as bitchy as leading ladies come? Wait until you meet Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies), who manages to make her dad Blake (Grant Show) and his girlfriend Cristal’s (Nathalie Kelley) lives pretty difficult on the daily. That’s without mentioning the boys whose heart she stomps all over – more on that later.

Fallon look from next week’s #Dynasty. Always scheming. 💅🏻👀

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2. The fashion is epic

Whether they’re attending weddings or funerals, cocktail parties or just another day at the office, the cast of Dynasty are impeccably well turned-out. While – unlike its ’80s counterpart – the shoulder pads are subtle in the new series, costume designer Meredith Markworth-Pollack has done an incredible job of keeping the glam-factor alive.

3. Everyone is ridiculously good-looking

Adding to the sheer escapism of Dynasty, there are so many babes to keep your eye on, from Fallon (obvs) to Cristal’s nephew Sammy Jo (Rafael de la Fuente) and Fallon’s chauffeur/love interest Michael (Robert Christopher Riley). There’s a reason why Atlanta, where Dynasty is set, is nicknamed ‘Hotlanta’…

Catch this beauty tonight at 9/8c on @thecw #Dynasty @natkelley

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4. It’s made by the same people as The O.C. and Gossip Girl

Just like new superhero show Runways, Dynasty was developed by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, otherwise known as the brains behind The O.C., Gossip Girl, Hart Of Dixie and The Carrie Diaries. It’s also just been picked up for a full 22-episode first season, so fear not, you won’t have to make do with the initial order of 13 eps.

4 weeks, Baby. #Dynasty

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5. There are plenty of rivalries

Fallon vs. Cristal. Blake vs. Jeff Colby (Sam Adegoke). Everyone likes to get behind a TV ‘team’ and Dynasty provides a whole load of them.

6. And more than a few love stories

While it’s hard to know if Cristal and Blake’s relationship could be classed as a true love story, her upset over the demise of former lover Matthew Blaisdel (Nick Wechsler) is definitely intriguing. Meanwhile Fallon’s playing with chauffeur Michael will totally keep you entertained.

Fasten your seatbelts. #Dynasty is only 3 weeks away ✈️

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7. Two words: Alan Dale

You might remember him as Caleb Nichol on The O.C. or Jim Robinson on Neighbours. Even if you don’t recognise him at all, Alan Dale is a total scene-stealer as butler Joseph Anders, who will seemingly stop at nothing to protect the Carrington family… even if that means stepping on Cristal’s toes. (He’s bottom right, FYI).

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On a scale of 1-10, how deep is your Riverdale obsession? If it’s anything like ours you’ll be counting down the days until the next episode and shipping Bughead HARD.

Yep, good girl Betty Cooper and Southside Serpent Jughead Jones might be the most unexpected couple on TV (cough, Netflix), but they’re also the best… With Archie and Veronica obviously coming in a very close second.

Not convinced? Here’s all the proof you need that Bughead are the greatest romantic addition to your screen since… well, ever.

1. When Jughead climbed through Betty’s window and they had their first kiss


2. When Juggy walked Betty home in the rain

And they obviously snogged again.

3. When Betty approved of Jughead’s suit for Jason’s funeral

You have to love a man in a suit, even on a dark occasion, and especially when said man is Jughead Jones.

4. When they ate lunch together and Jug’s face said it all

We’re amazed he can hide anything with those facial expressions.

5. When they went to Polly’s baby shower together

Oh, and guess what? More smooching!

6. When Betty stood by Jughead and his dad

When FP told Jug he didn’t kill Jason, Jug believed him, and Betty in turn believed Jughead. All about that trust.

7. When Betty made Juggy’s birthday movie tradition a little more special


8. When they said they loved each other

We’re not crying, YOU are.

9. When they woke up like this

Too. Cute.

10. When they greeted each other like this at Pop’s Diner

All because they’re at different schools now and they missed each other. Sob.

11. And then they talked about running away together

“Like Romeo and Juliet, but we live happily ever after instead.” Excuse us while we go and bawl our eyes out. Betty and Jughead 4eva.

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Obsessed with Riverdale? Us too, which is why we’re beyond excited about the latest comic book to be turned into a TV show, Marvel’s Runaways.

Whether you’ve read the cult series or not, there’s plenty to be excited about, from the cast to the creators… and the potential crushes.

So, without any spoilers, here’s all the deets you need to know on your upcoming TV addiction.

Runaways was created by the geniuses behind The O.C. and Gossip Girl

Who hasn’t spent an entire Sunday binge-watching Gossip Girl on Netflix or digging out your big sister’s old O.C. boxsets? Well, both those epic teen dramas were created and executive produced by dream team Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, aka Fake Empire Productions. And now they’ve made Runaways! So you know it’s going to be good.

Josh and Stephanie were also behind Hart Of Dixie and The Carrie Diaries, should you need further watching, and their other new show Dynasty is currently streaming on Netflix. Seriously, this pair have been busy.

It follows a group of teenagers with a common enemy… their parents

While the six teens in Runaways aren’t initially friends, they team up when they find out their parents are all part of The Pride, a league of super villains.

The gang's all here! 🔥 Be sure to find the #MarvelsRunaways lockers this weekend at #NYCC

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Sounds like normal high school life, eh?

You may recognise one of the dads

Spike from Buffy! Spike from Buffy! Yep, Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s bleach blonde boyf, James Marsters, plays Victor Stein in Runaways.

Which brings us nicely to his on-screen son…

Your Gregg Sulkin crush is about to be reignited

You loved him in Faking It and Pretty Little Liars, and were well jel when he dated Bella Thorne, but now you’ve got at least 10 episodes of Gregg playing high school jock Chase Stein.

He’s also a secret engineering genius in Runaways, but we don’t want to give too much away.

And your new girl crush has officially arrived

Playing alien Karolina Dean, actress Virginia Gardner gets perhaps the most Instagrammable super power of all-time: the ability to glow with rainbow-coloured light.

When in New York…

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Unicorn behaviour aside, Virginia’s ’gram (@ginnygardner) makes us fall even harder for her, what with all the pizza-eating and dog cuddling. We predict big things for this one.

Runaways is being released on 21 November… but there’s a catch

While streaming site Hulu is the official home of Runaways in the US, we’re still waiting for a UK network or site to announce that they’ve picked up the series, and time is ticking.

However, with the amount of buzz surrounding this one, we’re sure it won’t be long until Runaways goes global.

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Who’s started counting down the days until series two of Riverdale? Now that we know it’s arriving on US TV on Wednesday 11 October – and presumably on Netflix two days later, in its usual Friday slot – we’re struggling to focus on anything else. You see, we’ve been suffering major withdrawal symptoms over a certain Jughead Jones, aka Mr Cole Sprouse.

Is it his epic observations on the rest of Riverdale? The fact that he’s from the wrong side of the tracks? Or just because he’s so blooming cute? Who knows, but we’ve definitely got a crush on Jug and the boy behind him.

Southside Serpents and that brooding voiceover aside, there are plenty more reasons to love the actor formerly known as ‘Ben from Friends’. Here are seven of them…

He’s not just an actor, but a super talented photographer, too

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Cole recently shot Kendall Jenner for the Sunday Times Style magazine and has also snapped an adidas running campaign, as well as editorials for Teen Vogue. Not just a pretty face (but he does look great in front of the camera, too…)

He has a hilarious second Instagram

Who would have thought, the mother with child, would have prioritized taking our picture over steadying her baby's carriage on a moving train? I did. I would have thought. Firstly, her child is too young for The Street Life of Shaq and Kobe, so we all know she was taking that picture for herself. Unless of course she was making a long term investment, banking on the baby enjoying the show when #it grows up. #ItsCalledInvesting. Trying to be sneaky, she made the number 1 rookie mistake, #Flash. My poor, helpless, innocent, virgin brother was caught in the middle of our duel. You can see the fear in his eyes and the determination in mine, both being trumped by the look of shame in hers. #cameraduels #BabyOnBoard #FamilyDrama #TheStreetLifeOfShaqAndKobe

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If you’re not following @camera_duels, get on it now, because the captions alone are among the most brilliant we’ve seen. According to its bio, “This Instagram is dedicated to the people out there who secretly take photos of me, and how I take photos of them first. May the fastest camera win.” Cue a feed full of randoms trying to take sneaky snaps of Cole, accompanied by captions of who won the duel, and what the fans said in their defence. Genius.

He RT’d this girl who said her aunt looked like him and it went viral…

…which is kind of a reflection of Cole’s Twitter in itself. Full of self-deprecating humour and sarcastic life advice (“yawn in the club to see who’s checkin you out”), if you’re not following already, you know what to do.

He wrote this love letter to his mum as a kid

Then shared it with us all on Twitter. He really did have some Jughead tendencies back then, by the looks of things.

He admitted to a childhood crush on Jennifer Aniston

Speaking to the New York Post earlier this year, Cole – who played Ross’ son Ben in Friends when he was “7 or 8” – said: “I had a really, really hard time working with Aniston because I was so in love with her. I was infatuated. I was speechless — I’d get all bubbly and forget my lines and completely blank … It was so difficult.” We’d have been the same, tbf.

He’s never not cute


This GIF

Excuse us while we lie down for a minute…

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Well, it finally happened. After seven long years of viewing, we finally found out who had been torturing the Liars. Or who had been torturing the Liars for the last season and a half, anyway.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What follows is our break down of the entire episode (plus documentary evidence of my WhatsApp reactions with my friend Emily), so if you’re avoiding spoilers close this tab immediately. No, seriously, CLOSE IT. And if you’ve never watched PLL then I suggest you back away swiftly – there is nothing for you here.

Everyone else, welcome to the final installment of Pretty Little Liars…

*Sobs for a week*

Opening scene: The Liars are sitting in front of The Brew complaining about how hot it is outside. Then Lucas appears in white tails, does a little tap dance and leaves (oh my god, I am going to miss this show so much). Then Jenna comes by, on a horse and everyone’s totally chill about it because, well, this is Rosewood. Anything can happen. Which it does approximately three seconds later when it starts to snow. Oh ok, this is just inside Mona’s head. Gotcha.

Someone pass me the popcorn, I’m settling in.

Okay, now we’re a year head. That was fast. Aria and Ezra are happy, Spencer is hanging out with horses, Hannah and Caleb are fighting, Alison and Emily have twins(!) and Mona is out of the psych ward. I’m following so far.

The Liars decide to throw a party for Ezria at the Lost Woods Hotel, which Spencer now owns. Because nothing says ‘fun party’ like going to the very hotel where your torturer used to live, am I right? Then again, they also hang out at the Radley hotel all the time, which is a converted mental institution that Spencer was literally a patient at, so… who am I to judge?

They all look so happy, laughing and chatting and having a nice time (well, everyone aside from Haleb, who are making the whole thing really awkward). WAIT, there’s a person in the bushes wearing a hoodie! It’s Melissa! Seriously though, if she turns out to be A.D. I’m going to be really annoyed because she’s hardly been in the last few seasons and there’s no way she’s smart enough to pull this whole thing off. Oh wait, no – it’s Mona wearing a mask of Melissa. Jeez, this is going to be complicated, isn’t it?

Carrying on, Aria’s infertile, which seems like a strange and unnecessary storyline, but we’re going with it. Spencer and Mumma Drake are besties. WINE MOMS. THE WINE MOMS. They’re back and they’re drinking the wines and oh my god are they finally going to tell us how they escaped the doll house?!! Nope. False alarm, thanks for that Marlene. Also, I don’t like whatever is going on with Alison and Pam. I’ve never totally trusted Alison and I’m not loving this weird vibe she’s giving off at the moment.

Oh good, Emily’s with me. You go Emily. You demand to know what is going on. Oh, I love angry Emily. Oh my god. No. ALI IS PROPOSING. OH MY GOD. I TAKE IT ALL BACK. I AM NOW FIRMLY PRO-ALISON. I’ve always worried that Ali was just settling for Emily, which is why I could never get on board with the Emison fandom but now I’m into it. Sign me up.

However, I am, and always have been, staunchly pro Spoby, so I am very pleased with all of these developments. Oh, right, less pleased by Mona hitting Spencer over the head with an axe, but what can you do? New dungeon! This is a space-age one! SPENCER HAS A TWIN. THE INTERNET HAS BEEN VINDICATED. Ha, we guessed it Marlene! HOLY CRAP, WHAT IS THIS ENGLISH ACCENT? SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE IT STOP.

Like, what is this?! Why does she sound like Eliza Dolittle?! Evil Spencer knows Wren?! Evil Spencer is married to Wren. Evil Spencer had Wren shoot her in the shoulder so she looked exactly like Spencer. Totally normal behaviour. Oh, ok, then she killed him and turned his ashes into a diamond. She’s a real romantic, this Alex Drake. Wren is the baby daddy of Alison and Emily’s twins!

Oh, Mary Drake is here too! Trust PLL to have a family reunion in an underground bunker. I’m just going to put it out there, I don’t think Mary Drake is a great mum. I don’t think you should be so chill about the fact that one of your kids is keeping the other kid in an underground bunker. Oh god. now Ezra’s missing. Wait, it’s okay, he’s just in the bunker. I’m unclear as to why, but that hardly seems important at this point.

So Jenna and a horse realised that evil Spencer was pretending to be Spencer before her best friends did. I love the Liars, but guys, come on. A HORSE KNEW. Anyway, they are onto fake Spencer, yay, and they’ve realised that Ezra is missing rather than an asshole, excellent. Go Caleb, do your tech stuff. They’re going to make it and save good Spencer and Ezra!

Ha, like Spencer needs saving. All she needs is a hair grip and she can jiggle her way out of an intensely secure door. I really don’t feel like this show has a great grasp of how locks work, but hey.

Ohhhhh cool, there’s another “outside” layer to the dungeon. I’ve got to give it to evil Spencer, the girl has a strong dungeon game.

Oh my god, Toby’s going to have to work out which one is the real Spencer! Is he going to kiss them to work it out?! Buddy, you’ve been kissing the wrong one for few episodes, I’m not sure this is a good plan. Oh, ok, he’s asking about a poem. This is a better plan. So now they have the fake Spencer and Mona has called the cops and they’ve arrested her. Wait, is that it? Do they just get to be happy now? Is evil Spencer just going to jail?

HAHAHAHAHAHA of course she isn’t. Mona is keeping her in a bunker with Mary Drake. In France. BECAUSE OF COURSE SHE IS. Mona 100000% won End Game, I don’t care what anyone says.

No. No. This random Adison chick is not going missing. I do not care. I do not need a sequel. Please don’t do a sequel, Marlene.

Though, if you did I’d totally watch it. What can I say, I’m taking this show to the grave.


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Whether you’ve already started your period or you’re waiting to come on for the first time, it’s a different experience for everyone – and one we love to talk about. So we caught up with TV & Radio Presenter Olivia Cox, who told us all about her first period…

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Whether you’ve already started your period or you’re waiting to come on for the first time, it’s a different experience for everyone – and one we love talking about. So we caught up with Made In Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo, who told us all about her first period…

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Full disclosure before we begin: I am a Eurovision nerd. I have an agenda here, and that is to make you a Eurovision nerd too. I want as many of you as possible in my gang of happy, sequin-swaddled, flag-waving misfits, so that eventually we can take over and become the mainstream – like football fans, or Beliebers.

All I ask is that you keep an open mind, ok? Don’t judge before you really understand. Here are the reasons you should cancel whatever cool thing you were planning to do on Saturday night and watch The Eurovision Song Contest instead.

1. The hilarity

Guys, the hilarity. Anytime a Eurovision hater wrinkles their nose and asks, “but WHYYY would you watch that?”, the best and truest answer, like so many things in life, is: “for the lols”. So many lols. Lols on top of lols. Lols that sneak up on you while you’re still trying to get your breath back from the last one and so you end up snorting Fanta out of your nose.

Think about how much you laugh watching The Great British Bake Off, when you don’t even care about baking. Now imagine that The Great British Bake Off is three and a half hours long, and instead of cake and biscuits there are weird interpretative dance routines and a lot of skintight pleather, and instead of Mel and Sue you have a gang of Russian grannies singing a song about partying over a funky dance beat, or a Finnish heavy metal band dressed as terrifying monsters with badly-translated lyrics about Jesus. Or Jedward.

And if that wasn’t good enough, Graham Norton is then cracking his own piss-take jokes over the top. It’s so funny it counts as an abs workout. It’d be unhealthy NOT to watch.

2. The love

Like a warm, inclusive hug so big it encompasses a whole continent, Eurovision is for everyone. Whether you’re a drag queen with a luscious black beard who wants to own the stage in a fabulous evening gown, a long-forgotten star who wants to make a comeback or a giant turkey puppet who just wants to make themselves heard, there’s space on the stage for you – and your troop of kooky backing dancers. “Come on up!” says Eurovision. “We don’t care if you’re a weirdo! We don’t even care if you can sing!”

“Except you, Britain. You can’t sit with us.”

3. The spectacle

So bold, bonkers and glitter-fabulous it makes the final of RuPaul’s Drag Race look like Newsnight, Eurovision is a feast for ALL your senses. Except maybe your sense of taste.

Expect: big dresses that open out into BIGGER dresses; costumes apparently made from tin foil; makeup that looks like a YouTube tag challenge; people wearing things as hats that were definitely not intended to be hats; confetti cannons; acrobats unfurling from the ceiling on… unfurling things; pyrotechnics so violent you worry for everybody’s eyebrows; dancers you have to squint extra hard at to double-check they’re not naked. Sometimes all in one entry.

The bonding potential

Whether you use it as an excuse to spend some quality time with your family (why not be super cool like mine, and watch it with your own individual scorecards?), gather your mates for a viewing party (why not be super cool like mine, and watch it with your own individual scorecards?) or just cosy up by yourself with every Korean sheet mask in Superdrug (why not be super cool like me, and watch it with… haha no but, seriously), Eurovision is the kind of fun-packed cultural event that solid gold memories are made of.

And it only comes around once a year, so cherish it while you have the chance.

The underdog stories

This year marks 20 years since the UK last won Eurovision (with Katrina and the Waves’ belter of a ballad, Love Shine A Light – check out the velvet trouser suit). Sob. In recent years our track record has gone from average to embarrassing, to ‘oh s**t’, to now, where we probably wouldn’t win even if our entry was Adele, riding a giant unicorn, wearing a t-shirt that said ‘SORRY ABOUT BREXIT’ on it.

But that’s also part of the fun! Because we get to learn humility, and weep along when the underdog rises up to claim the victory. We get to pretend that we were, like, obviously only joking for that 10 minutes we spent passionately telling everyone we might stand a chance after Ireland gave us a whole six points, and we get to listen to our Dads’ traditional “but PAH, we produced THE BEATLES!!” speech at the end after they’ve had a few Belgian lagers. Fun!

6. The musical heritage

Right so, admittedly Eurovision tends to give us more in the novelty nonsense category than it does in the ‘actual music you might listen to the rest of the year’ realm, but over the past 61 years there have been a few legitimately brilliant hits. For one thing, ABBA became famous after winning Eurovision in 1974. Without it, there would be no Mamma Mia and therefore no Dominic Cooper singing Lay All Your Love On Me in his swimming trunks. So let’s be thankful for that.

And even our own little island was one of the popular kids, once. Watch Lulu’s 60s stonker Boom Bang A Bang, Brotherhood of Man’s 70s twee-fest Save Your Kisses For Me and Bucks Fizz’s 80s classic Making Your Mind Up for a taste of simpler times, when all we had to do to impress our neighbours over the channel was backcomb our hair huge and do a silly dance. Sigh.

The snack potential

Everyone knows that the correct way to watch Eurovision is in front of a vast buffet of Euro-themed treats that cover every country on the list. But if your local Tesco is fresh out of Moldovan cabbage rolls and Ukrainian pig’s trotter jelly, hummus and pizza will probably do.

It’s basically educational

I mean, do YOU know exactly what the capital of Slovakia is, or how to pronounce Bosnia Herzegovina? No don’t lie.

We might win!

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA obviously we won’t. There is more chance of Prince, David Bowie and Whitney Houston all coming back to life and forming a supergroup with Prince Phillip on drums than of the UK winning Eurovision this year, or any year for the foreseeable future. But hey, we still *might*! It’s not technically impossible!

And if we DO, mate, trust me – you are going to want to see that.

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It’s here! The best holiday of the year. Seriously, Easter is the ideal holiday, there’s none of the pressure of Christmas, none of the outfit stress of Halloween and none of the pressure of New Year’s Eve. It’s the Chris Pratt of holidays, but with delicious snacks.

Here’s everything we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week.

Could we *be* more excited?

Pretty much as soon as the final episode of Friends aired and we watched the six of them (plus a few babies) wander down to Central Perk for the last time, people were clamouring for a reunion. And now they’ve got it. Sort of. According to The Independent, there’s an off-Broadway musical coming to New York later this year called Friends! The Musical, written by Bob and Tobly McSmith who have written similar musicals for 90210 and Full House. The show will feature songs such as ‘The One Where We Make A Million Dollars An Episode,’ ‘The Only Coffee Shop in New York,’ ‘Oh. My God. It’s Janice!’. We’ll be there for you…if we can get free flights and accommodation in New York.

This idea has legs

Yoga teacher, Shea penned a love letter on her Instagram account, @shastavibes. But it’s not to a her partner or her crush, she’s written a love letter to her thighs. Turns out, poking them and wishing they miraculously become smaller is stupid and also, might lead to bruising. Instead, why not join Shea and the body positivity movement that seems to be growing more and more brilliant everyday. Kudos Shea, and kudos to your thighs too.

Dear Thighs, "I’m in love with you, every inch, every lump all the way up from my knees to my rump" You may not be slender, or tanned, or smooth, but you’re up for the challenge when I start to move you power through squats, lunges, and stairs, and you don’t seem to mind when some people glare" ..✏️📓 ____________________________________________________ This whole journey to body acceptance and self-love is kind of a roller coaster, but an exciting one that I’m gonna keep riding. Each day I am learning that my self-worth is based less on what others think and more on how I feel. And lately, I feel really good. I was realizing today that my body is becoming less of an object of comparison in my mind, and more of a tool. My body is a method of accomplishing day to day things and that’s it. So far it’s doing a damn good job. In fact, it rarely lets me down. So for that reason alone, I should be completely in love with it. So to my thighs and all my other perfectly strong and functional body parts, thank you for getting shit done. <3 #postpartumfitness #postpartumbody #thickfit #thunderthighs #plussize #thickwomen #thickyogi #melanin #blackyogasuperstars

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We Read Too

Kaya Thomas, a university student in the State was tired of not seeing enough people of colour or women in tech in books. So, like a boss, she decided to do something about it. She’s created an app called We Read Too which features over 600 books with main characters who are people of colour or women in tech. The idea, design and coding are all her own, NBD. When you spoke to Teen Vogue about why she thinks this project is so important she explained, “It’s for those of who want young people of color to be exposed to books where they seem themselves reflected in the characters and the authors. But it’s also for people who want to be exposed to different cultures than their own…I think fiction especially helps you get a better understanding of another person’s story, and that helps you build empathy.” Aaaaaand download.

Orange is the New Black Season Five Trailer

The trailer for Season 5 of Orange is the New Black has dropped and urgh, now it’s just left us with more questions. It picks off where season four ended, with Daya pointing a gun at CO Humphrey’s head with the rest of the inmates screaming at her to shoot him. Then, because the people who make trailers are evil geniuses, the screen goes black and you hear a gunshot and everyone screams. So. Much. Intrigue. Season Five will be released on Friday June 9th, and apparently will take place “in real-time over the course of three days”. Urgh, only 56 days to wait.

Baby, put your hands up. Literally.

Look, this isn’t really news. But it’s adorable and it’s Easter and so we’re going to throw it in anyway.

Have a lovely Easter x

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If you have plans this evening, you’re probably going to want to cancel them (sorry, Bee).

It’s Red Nose Day, which means Comic Relief. Possibly the best night of TV for the entire year will be airing on BBC1 this evening from 7pm-10pm, so we’re busting out the popcorn and putting our phones on aeroplane mode.

Comic Relief helps raise funds for numerous charities that help children in need and tackle worldwide poverty. Every single pound is spent on charitable projects, and this year six celebrities including David Baddiel and Reggie Yates drove 450 miles from Kenya to Uganda on one of the most dangerous roads in the world to see how the donations make a difference and to deliver vital supplies to those who need them most.

If you want to get involved in fundraising for Comic Relief there’s still time, why not check out there website here.

Tonight’s show boasts an impressive line up of comedians, actors and all-round funny people, As per usual, Sir Lenny Henry will be hosting and there will be guest appearances from Joe Lycett, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Warwick Davis, Sally Phillips, Jonathan Ross and French & Saunders.

Graham Norton will be interviewing people on a giant red sofa (obvs), Russell Brand will be doing some new stand-up material and Noel Fielding will make an appearance (hopefully armed with a lot of baking puns and scone in hand so we can all start adjusting to the idea of him as a host of Bake Off).

Ed Sheeran will be singing live – according to the law that says none of us can go a day without seeing Ed Sheeran right now – and we can’t be the only ones hoping there’ll be a guest appearance from the little girl that looks eerily like a tiny clone of Ed.

James Corden will be doing a Carpool Karaoke special – we’re hoping he’s gonna be interviewing the *other* Obama.

And then there’s the event we’ve all been waiting for: Red Nose Day Actually.

(Most) of the cast of Love Actually will be reuniting for a special 10 minute update on where the characters ended up, 13 years later. It’s confirmed that Hugh Grant, Rowan Atkinson, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson and Keira Knightly will all be there. Of course, the reunion will be bitter sweet without Alan Rickman, who will be sorely missed. Always.

But we’re hoping that Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) will have another absurd song, only this time he’ll be helping Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Joanna (Olivia Olson) launch their music career. And that Jamie (Colin Firth) will have written a dystopian YA trilogy that he’s just sold the film rights for, with Zac Efron rumoured for the lead role. But hey, those are just our hopes and dreams. Don’t break our hearts, guys.

Grab your comfiest pyjamas and the best spot on the sofa – it’s going to be a brilliant night.

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